Grace to you!
Today, I reflect on the need to be generous and open-minded in appreciating the good wherever we find it.
Have you put your heart into something? Maybe you wanted to offer it as a contribution or a gift to another. You gave it your best. You were driven to serve. Inspired by love. Unfortunately, your gift of love was received with the coldest, thanks, but no thanks. Worse, it was trashed as no good. Such breaks hearts, doesn’t it. Such is a sour taste.
How about when a little good thing you did was highly appreciated. Don’t you feel inspired to do more?
I believe the way God works with us is by inspiring us to see that every little good we’ve done is a route of glory. God nods at our little efforts. Anywhere there is good, God is. Anywhere good is done, God is praised. God is good. God’s works are also good.
In reality, all God has done for us is good. The Swiss theologian Hans Ur von Balthasar writes in his Theo-Drama, volume one, that “There is nothing ambiguous about what God does for us: it is simply good” (1988, p. 18).
It is an aspect of virtue to be gracious in welcoming the good. It is virtuous to be open minded in appreciating the good wherever it’s found. It doesn’t matter even if it is in the home of an enemy. What is good is good. It has to be appreciated as good. Such attitude and disposition grow out of the virtue of true love for one another. Scripture says, love is kind. It isn’t rude. It rejoices in the right (1 Cor 13:4-6).
We read the Gospel of Luke 11:14-23. We hear the Lord condemn those who rejected his miracle of healing a mute man who was also possessed by evil spirit. They dismissed the work of God, the miracle performed by the Lord. They said it was by the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that the Lord did the good work of driving out the demons.We hear the Lord condemn such attitude and expressions in strong terms.
The people’s minds were closed to see the good. They were negative-minded.
Negative minded people often ignore the good even if it is glaring. Because their mind is so tainted, they could easily walk past the good without noticing it. They forget that the good is of God. The good has to be embraced and praised. At least, it has to be admired. If you love the good, you would likely welcome it in your own heart.
A virtuous life is open-minded to virtuous acts. A virtuous life seeks and finds the good. When she does, she rejoices in it. She welcomes it.
During these days of Lent, how about we look at those people we don’t care so much about. How about we begin to see the good they do. I tell you everyone does something good. How about thanking God for such good things? If we can see the good in a person who doesn’t seem to be a friend or friendly, we are becoming more and more like God.
Praying for the grace of rejoicing in the good no matter in whomever it is found. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu.
[Thursday. Lent Week 3: Jer. 7:23-28; Lk. 11: 14-23]
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